By Samantha Gross
Elm Staff Writer
The men’s swim team finished off their week strong after their Gettysburg loss. On Wednesday, Nov. 9, they competed against Salisbury, fighting to claim a win after a demoralizing loss last year that ended a nearly two decade long winnning streak against the Seagulls. This time around they won in a 126-79 meet that included quite a few first places, and even a new pool record.
The night started off with both a first and a second place win in the 200 yard medley relay consisting of Nick Longworth, Austin Auger, Greg Lee, and Spencer Kelley in the A relay and Robby Homer, Johnny Helenek, Ross Mills, and Steven Bilinski in the B relay. Both teams finished well in front of Salisbury’s A relay by ten and four seconds respectively. Though they did not fair as well in the 1,000 yard freestyle, they still captured points with Steven Bilinski swimming the event for the first time ever, placing third, and Tad Derrick, who came in fourth.
Another first place came in the 200 yard freestyle as Austin Yocum finished with five seconds between himself and the closest Salisbury competitor. Spencer Van Cise and Ross Mills captured fourth and fifth place points, both coming in at 2:00.30 and 2:00.60 respectively. Next came the quickest event, the 50 yard freestyle as James Ray and Kelley recorded points in second and fourth, both doing season bests in times of 22.59 and 23.07. Another first place came with Auger in the 200 yard IM as he swam in at a season best of 2:06.96. Following in third and fourth were Robby Mix and Helenek.
The streak of firsts as well as season bests continued the rest of the night as Lee swam the 100 yard butterfly in a pool record time of 53.40, Ray in the 100 yard freestyle at 49.59, Longworth in the 100 backstroke at 56.84, Yocum in the 500 yard freestyle at 5:10.17, and Auger again in the 100 yard backstroke at a 1:03.66. While their lone 200 freestyle relay consisting of Lee, Longworth, Ray, and Yocum had a closer call with less than a second between them and the second place Salisbury relay, they still pulled out a win with a time of 1:30.67.
Although the boys did not fair quite as well against St. Mary’s as they did Salisbury, they still came out much better than last year, giving the Seahawks a run for their money with a score of 107-98, forcing the final points to come down to the last two events. The 200 medley relay consisting of Longworth, Auger, Lee, and Kelley won the first event, followed by firsts in the 50 yard free with Ray, Lee in the 100 yard butterfly, Ray again in the 100 yard free (this time a tie), Longworth in the 100 yard backstroke, and finally the 200 yard free relay consisting of Ray, Lee, Kelley, and Yocum. It was a long week, consisting of three meets intertwined with practices, and ending with an early morning practice on Saturday, but the boys have definitely proven they are going to be a force to be reckoned with this season.
Come watch them against Franklin & Marshall this Saturday, Nov. 19!